Chassis, anyone? How one company made today’s supply chain and logistics complexity into a differentiator.

Are you in transportation and logistics?  Feeling pressure to do more…with less? Then let’s talk about transforming your fleet.  

Whether you’re the fleet manager or part of the executive team, we know you’re constantly seeking ways to optimize operations. Whether trucks, trailers, chassis, cargo, or a mix of all of it – your fleet has immense potential in this area – so much that it can make or break your business! 

Traditional approaches don’t cut it anymore. Without real-time visibility into vehicle and equipment locations and status, it’s a struggle to make informed decisions. Inefficient utilization leads to unplanned equipment rentals, wasted resources, and increased costs. But there’s a solution: real-time, decision-grade insights. 

What exactly does this mean? It’s advanced monitoring, visibility, maintenance, and performance data that unlocks new levels of productivity and cost-effectiveness.

The North American Chassis Pool Collective (NACPC), a chassis manufacturer and lessor, is an example of how to make your data work for you. They revolutionized how they track their fleet’s whereabouts and kept up with their customers’ growing demands for chassis. 

Navigating crowded sites and demanding supply chains isn’t easy. Especially for NACPC’s extensive fleet of chassis going to and from multiple sites every day. A clear understanding of the precise location and status of equipment is crucial. Gone are the days of uncertainty about whereabouts, availability, and utilization. NACPC has a bird’s-eye view of the fleet’s movements at the speed of business, enabling timely and informed decisions to keep operations running smoothly. 

It’s all about leveraging data to optimize fleet performance. 

No more guesswork. No more manual data collection. It’s just confidence from smooth, informed decisions! Real-time insights are a game-changer in the world of fleet management. By partnering with Powerfleet, NACPC unlocked a new level of efficiency and experienced numerous benefits.  

Through data analytics, enhanced tracking and monitoring capabilities, increased efficiency, seamless integration, and exceptional customer service, NACPC maximized their operational effectiveness. Real-time insights empowered NACPC to make informed decisions, optimize their fleet utilization, and stay ahead of the competition. As technology continues to advance, harnessing real-time insights will remain key to unlocking efficiency and driving growth in the ever-evolving logistics industry. And while the technology is a game changer in itself, you need not take this journey alone.

According to NACPC’s COO, Jeffrey Dudenhefer, “[Powerfleet’s GPS portal] is probably one of the easier ones to manage. But, it’s the people who make the company, in addition to a quality product. Our goal is to keep trucks on the road with quality equipment and not on the side of the road getting repaired. Powerfleet helps us do that.” 

Want to start your own journey? Learn more about NACPC’s path here

Navigating the rise of Electrification

Electric vehicles (EV) adoption is growing. In fact, in the state of California, all new cars, trucks, and SUVs will eventually be required to run on electricity or hydrogen. Infrastructure to support EV growth and adoption is critical. It creates opportunities for businesses to navigate the adoption of EVs in their operations smoother and possibly create a competitive advantage if the right information, processes, and tools are in place.

Let’s take a closer look at how you can strategize your transformation to EV.

The increase of Electric Vehicles

The electrification of commercial midweight and heavyweight vehicles — UPS step vans, boxy linen trucks, port haulers, garbage trucks and tractor-trailers — is gaining momentum. Nearly every truck maker is getting in on the action. Regulators and advocates are seizing on them as an effective lever against climate change. In fact, electric vehicles made up 7.2% of global car sales in the first half of 2021, up from 4.3% in 2020 and 2.6% in 2019, according to data from research provider Bloomberg New Energy Finance.

Just last year, President Biden set a target to make half of all new vehicles sold in 2030 zero-emissions vehicles, introducing a $7.5 billion plan to build a network of 500,000 chargers to accommodate them. Then you have California, who will require all new cars, trucks and SUVs sold in the state to run on electricity or hydrogen by 2035 in an ambitious move away from gasoline-powered vehicles and the pollution they emit. If the policy works as hoped, California will cut out emissions from vehicles in half by 2040. Other states are expected to follow suit, further accelerating the production of zero-emissions vehicles.

These requirements will come in phases starting in 2026, and will take 13 years to become fully effective, but the challenges to meeting them will be great. The California Energy Commission expects EV to add only a small amount of power use in the next 10 years,  estimating that 3.7 million light-duty EV will be in use in the state in 2030, accounting for only about 2.6% of electricity use during peak hours.

David Reichmuth, a Senior Engineer for the Union of Concerned Scientists, believes EV charging can be timed to off-peak hours, especially during the day when wind and solar power are more available. “Utilities will be able to send messages to cars to start or stop charging depending on electricity demand,” he said.

As of now, 17 other states have adopted California’s greenhouse gas emissions requirements, most on the coasts. In total they account for about 40% of all U.S. new vehicle sales. The state of Washington has already started the process to follow the EV sales requirements, and others are expected to. It will take more time for other states to go through the process, and many don’t have the electric vehicle demand or charging infrastructure that California does.


The challenges from the growth of EV

So who is affected by the changes that EVs are creating? If you’re a trucking company, field service, utility, telecom, food delivery fleet, or a business that runs and operates class 1-8 vehicles, odds are you are going to need to make the switch to EV to help create a better environment.

The most common challenges from EV are:

  • California electrification legislation
  • Infrastructure challenges
  • EV is 6’ longer and heavier than gas powered vehicles
  • Brown outs
  • Limited charging stations

Another challenge the growth of EV presents is high-voltage interconnections. Grid connections will need to deliver huge amounts of power at one place, at one time.

The National Grid recently released a study about the future power needs on highways, estimating that by 2030, half of fuel stops would top 5MW peak demand, triggering upgrades that could take 4-8 years to build and cost tens of millions of dollars.

A few of the big charging challenges that will need to be addressed include:

  • Gas stations not including EV charging and future and grid connections are usually reserved for factories and stadiums
  • Utilities aren’t set up to be proactive
  • Grid infrastructures will have to upgrade multiple times over short time periods
  • What’s considered fast-charging for cars could be a trickle for semi-trucks

Executives need to be prepared to advance their own green agenda to align with government mandates and consumer pressure. Companies that invest in technology solutions that help them uncover key information about their fleet usage and about available power sources will be better prepared and gain a competitive advantage. By working in conjunction with your technology provider, your journey to electrification is achievable.

The opportunities for those adopting EV

You can get ahead of the curve with a trusted partner on your transformation to EV. With a SaaS fleet intelligence platform and data technology strategy, companies can not only gain insights around their fleet, but also EV infrastructures, and charging stations.

Powerfleet is here to help customers who plan to make the transition to EV. Our solutions help:

  • Gain visibility into fleets location and status
  • Manage utilization and maintenance
  • Improve fuel or power management and sustainability initiatives
  • Increase operational efficiency and profitability
  • Connect all resources under one single pane of glass
  • Ingest livestream data and applies AI and ML to provide multi-dimensional KPIs to reduce costs
  • Increase visibility to spot inefficiencies before they lead to costly mistakes
  • Convert numbers and statistics to powerful decisions
  • Capture key data to extend battery life and improve sustainability within fleets

We recently launched our fleet intelligence platform, Powerfleet Unity, that unites people, assets, and IoT data together to transform the way you do business. The Powerfleet Unity platform enables rapid and deep integration with IoT devices and third-party business systems to a highly scalable data pipeline that powers artificial intelligence-driven insights to help companies save lives, time, and money. Powerfleet has brought in data from our own devices to move forward with other API integrations to provide the best insights to our customers. By combining information from vehicles and EV infrastructure with data from other sources such as weather, traffic, and road conditions, we help empower our customers to be more efficient and cut waste and costs. Powerfleet Unity was designed to support organizations’ transition to EV with hundreds of EV data elements to optimize fleet planning, battery range, EV safety, and maintenance.

The Bottom Line

Although there are obvious tactical challenges for companies considering electric vehicles, there are opportunities with the right partner by your side.

If you’re interested in learning how Powerfleet can assist you on your journey to EV, contact us to schedule a conversation today.


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Do You Have Indatagestion?

Indatagestion can be a severe condition that affects the overall health of an organization and its employees. Typically, it’s the result of too much data flooding into an organization with no ability to process and make sense of the data. Indatagestion can cause lower profitability, asset bloat, and executives who struggle with brain fog and anxiety when faced with decisions or opportunities.

According to Bernard Marr in his Forbes article, “A company’s ability to compete will increasingly be driven by how well it can leverage data, apply analytics and implement new technologies.”

Indatagestion is widespread and felt by 80% of global workers sapping team energy, reducing revenue and draining profitability. It is treatable.

“Eight out of 10 global workers are suffering from information overload due to siloed data in too many places, along with poor data access and governance.” 

  • Datanami article, August 2022


Symptoms of Indatagestion include:

  • Spreadsheet Shock Headache.  You stare at multiple spreadsheets with millions of rows and can’t make sense of it causing stress induced headaches.
  • Brain fog. Slow to process situations or make decisions because the amount of data is overwhelming.
  • Declining profitability. Inability to make data-based decisions causes loss of margin and revenue.
  • FOMO (Fear of Missing Opportunities) – Constant anxiety knowing there is opportunity in your data but you can’t access it.
  • Asset Bloat. You find yourself with too many assets because of poor allocation and a weak maintenance program.
  • Flat Feet. Often, organizations will find themselves flat-footed and unable to move in dynamic environments.
  • Nausea. You feel as if you want to vomit.


Indatagestion has many possible causes. Often, Indatagestion is related to weak or poor systems and lack of real time data but can be triggered by new competitors or unplanned events that force course corrections. 

  • No strategy or systems to handle massive amounts of data
  • Lack of integration capabilities to use multiple data streams
  • Improper hardware and software strategy deployment
  • Wrong or lack of a strategic data partner

Diagnoses and Treatments 

The  World Institute for Indatagestion (WII) reports that treatment is available from an advanced platform built by a long and strategic partnership between Israel and the United States – Powerfleet Unity. Indatagestion is serious and represents a mortal threat to organizations everywhere. The key is to treat Indatagestion early and not let it spread and consume the organization.

Important Safety Information 

Powerfleet’s Unity SaaS platform is a prescription medication that may cause serious side effects, including:

  • Data-driven decision making
  • Increased profitability
  • Improved visibility and productivity
  • Increased employee satisfaction and retention
  • Delighted customers

The Bottom Line

If you’re suffering from Indatagestion you are not alone! Powerfleet can help. Learn more about how you can cure Indatagestion here.

Where to Focus in an Uncertain Economy

Managing and pivoting during uncertain times is no stranger to business leaders. Leaders have been challenged with navigating through an unprecedented pandemic for more than two years now, but the year ahead looks a little bit different. Headlines are focused on global unrest, projected recessions, soaring inflation, volatile fuel costs, supply chain issues, and more. Where should business leaders focus their efforts for 2023 with all of these issues looming?

It’s important to recognize that instability can lead to immense opportunity for businesses. History has shown this happens time and time again. So, how can businesses prepare to come out of 2023 on top? It’s all about focusing on the right places. According to Forbes, the three main areas companies should invest in include those that maximize revenue growth, profitability, and resilience. But, what does that look like in practice?

Let’s take a look at these key considerations to best plan for 2023.

Make The Right Investments

To maximize revenue growth, profitability, and resilience, companies that selectively reduce costs and invest in future growth significantly outperform those that ubiquitously cut costs.

Professor Pankaj Ghemawat, in his 2009 MIT Sloan Management Review article, “The risk of not investing in a Recession”, cautions that those firms who do not invest during a recession might incur far-reaching disadvantages that might eventually prove insurmountable.

Investment in digital transformation is the key to cost reduction during downturns. Selecting the right technology with the right technology partner can help usher in more visibility, agility, and efficiency. Companies that leverage analytics to get a better understanding of business operations will be best positioned to further examine areas for improvement and uncover long-lasting competitive advantages. 

During the 2007-2009 Recession, companies that prioritized early cost restructuring, starting with implementing emerging digital technologies, accelerated profitability during and after the recession. Bain published an article in 2019, encouraging companies to anticipate future downturns by adopting digital technologies. Its authors stated, “For companies anticipating the next recession, digital technologies will provide new ways to move faster and simplify their businesses with both step-change and continuous improvements.” 

Transform Operations from Manual to Automated 

Past recessions have put a positive spotlight on the Internet of Things (IoT) and big data powered by cloud technology that helps drive adoption of automation which ultimately sets up more efficient operations. Real-time IoT data provides the ability to assess situations faster and eliminate manual and oftentimes labor intensive practices. 

For example, a common scenario for Powerfleet customers is the need for visibility into the location and status of their mobile assets. They may conduct physical asset checks by employees that are time-consuming and prone to human error in the record keeping. Those valuable labor hours could have been better utilized elsewhere. By investing in a real-time visibility solution, day-to-day processes and tracking capabilities improved.

Technology with Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) are leading areas that can also help reduce costs, optimize expenses and give your company agility and adaptability to a changing economic environment. AI can remove manual operations to reduce human error and increase efficiency.

Without advanced modular solutions, data science, and AI-driven insights, companies will be forced to make decisions blind, which could have drastic negative operational and financial impacts. Those poorly informed decisions, in times of uncertainty, could be what makes or breaks those in 2023. 

Looking Ahead – 2023 and Beyond 

Investment in IoT can transform your business and provide near-term payback and longer-term return on investment to help your company succeed even in down-turn markets. It is crucial that the implementation and rollout of IoT technology solutions is successful to reap the benefits and promise of IoT. That’s why working with a partner with the experience and teams in place to act as an advisor to help with the implementation process should be part of the section process.

For companies that have already invested in IoT technology for digital transformation of their operations, workforce safety and management, and compliance, they should look to their providers for additional advancements that may be available. Areas where companies can examine to get more out of existing systems are in sensor data, third-party data integrations, microservices, and trend analytic or data science reporting. 

Powerfleet is a global leader of IoT software-as-a-service (SaaS) solutions that optimize the performance of mobile assets and resources to unify business operations. We help drive digital transformation through our customers’ and partners’ ecosystems to help save lives, time, and money. We recently launched our new fleet intelligence platform, Powerfleet Unity, that unites people, assets, and data together to transform the way you do business. Powerfleet Unity’s extensive integration library of data sensory device types coupled with Powerfleet’s modular, business performance improvement solutions allow customers to receive rapid speed to value and deliver dramatic positive change to their business. Powerfleet Unity will also offer customers data extensibility by exposing the platform using extensible microservices and open APIs to make integrating to external systems and leveraging their own data quick and easy.

The Bottom Line

Economic downturns are the most challenging phases for any organization. It’s during these times that it is vital for companies to invest in technologies that will help data informed decisions. Companies must leverage the uncertainty of the market to push forward with changes. They must invest in proven technologies to accommodate for the copious changes on the way and create space for long-lasting growth. IoT and telematics solutions can help increase efficiency through better fuel economy and asset utilization as well as improve safety and security. By enhancing your safety, productivity, cutting costs, and improving customer service, implementing IoT technology will better position your company to not only survive a downturn but thrive.

Contact us today to discuss your business objectives so we can help your organization thrive in the year ahead. Our tenured and talented team can help you and those at the heart of your organization focus on what matters most as you prepare for 2023. 



How to Cope with Rising Fleet Insurance Costs

The trucking industry, as well as telecom, utilities, and fleet service fleets  have experienced a lot of headwinds over the past couple of years, ranging from the COVID-19 pandemic to labor shortages to supply chain disruptions. According to a new ATRI report, all of these companies can add rising insurance premiums to the list, despite their efforts to adopt new safety technologies.

Let’s take a look at what’s behind rising insurance costs and strategies that carriers and fleet managers can take to mitigate these costs.

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What’s Behind Rising Insurance Costs?

Truck crash frequency and severity increased between 2009 and 2018, but insurance costs rose faster.

The FMCSA’s Large Truck Crash Causation Study found that mechanical defects, new tour routes, and fatigue were the most common causes of truck crashes. Contrary to popular belief, drug and alcohol abuse accounted for less than 1% of large truck crashes, while aggressive driving only directly affected 5% of cases.

Litigation is a significant factor influencing the rise in premiums. With the increase in both nuclear and small verdicts, incurred losses for insurers rose by about 50% between 2015 and 2019. As a result, insurers have passed on costs to customers, reduced coverage limits, or left the market altogether, putting upward pressure on premiums.

Many fleets reduced their coverage levels or increased their deductibles in response to higher premiums. While these cutbacks reduce premium costs, they increase exposure to nuclear verdicts and entail higher out-of-pocket costs. In addition, a third of fleets also cut wages or bonuses, while a fifth cut back on equipment and technology.

Mitigating Cost & Risk with Technology

The good news is that new safety technologies could address the underlying causes of crashes and reduce insurance premiums.

Fleet Insurance Premiums

Road-facing cameras are the most popular solution. Source: ATRI

Road-facing cameras have been the most prevalent risk mitigation technology. In the event of an accident, they provide irrefutable documentation, lowering claims and defense costs. As a result, some insurance companies offer discounts to fleets that leverage these technologies to aid in the defense of legal claims.

Speed governors, forward collision warning systems, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning systems, and other safety technologies can help prevent crashes. However, they don’t necessarily address the underlying causes of large truck crashes. Tire pressure monitoring systems and preventive maintenance may be better options.

It’s also essential to note that aside from camera systems, most safety technologies don’t directly impact insurance premiums. Instead, they reduce the risk that vehicles will experience an accident. The entire industry will have to adopt safety technologies to reduce the number of incidents before there is a widespread reduction in premiums.

For operations and fleet managers, integrated asset tracking can eliminate asset theft and improve utilization. Insurance premiums can be lowered by addressing emergency work orders quicker and more efficiently thanks to knowing where the nearest worker or asset is.

Adding built-in EV support creates the ability to instantly integrate new EVs into fleets. By capturing key data, fleets become safer with positive coaching techniques.

Harnessing the Power of Telematics

Telematics solutions address rising fleet insurance premiums in several ways, from actively reducing premiums via camera systems to lowering the risk of a crash to reducing costs to maintain profit margins. And the same solutions can help increase profitability, open the door to new revenue opportunities, and even improve driver morale.

Powerfleet is a global leader of internet of things (IoT) software-as-a-service (SaaS) solutions that optimize the performance of mobile assets and resources to unify business operations. For more than 20 years, our data science insights and advanced modular software solutions have helped drive digital transformation through our customers’ and partners’ ecosystems to help save lives, time, and money. Powerfleet’s tenured and talented team is at the heart of our approach to partnership and tangible success. In addition to a top-tier suite of technologies, we provide expert advice  and help you maximize the benefits of these technologies—including minimizing the risk of an accident.

Powerfleet’s solution can help in several ways:

  • Two-way communication and complex workflows avoid problems with new routes and ensure drivers have everything they need.
  • Engine performance data identifies maintenance issues before they become problems and lead to costly accidents or breakdowns.
  • HOS compliance solutions monitor driver activities to the minute, reducing errors and ensuring proper rest to avoid fatigue.
  • Driver performance monitoring analyzes speeds, harsh braking, and sudden acceleration to spot unsafe driving habits in real-time.
  • Connect key powered and non-powered assets to make sure the right assets are being used for a job.
  • Integrated asset tracking eliminates asset theft and improves utilization.
  • Tracking also allows for reacting and addressing emergency work orders quicker and more efficiently.

Powerfleet Vista makes it easy to keep an eye on your fleet. Source: Powerfleet

Meanwhile, Powerfleet Vista provides road and driver-facing cameras to bolster safety programs, help exonerate drivers, prevent accidents, increase security, and lower insurance costs. Leveraging the latest in AI technology, Vista can also analyze and proactively manage risky driving situations across your fleet before they become a problem.

When it comes to lowering insurance premiums, Powerfleet Vista helps address the low-hanging fruit by providing effective video solutions that may immediately lower insurance costs. Once video is in place, fleets can add telematics that prevent accidents and lower long-term risk, such as monitoring engine data for maintenance.

The Bottom Line

Insurance premiums have been rising over the past few years, thanks to an increase in both crashes and litigation. While safety technologies could help mitigate some of these costs, insurance premiums are likely to continue rising in the future. Camera and telematics systems will be vital to manage these costs over time.

Powerfleet provides a wide range of technologies and services to help minimize risk, lower premiums, and better manage your fleet. In addition, we offer cutting-edge, cloud-based software to aggregate, manage, and analyze telematics data so you can make data-driven decisions. You can access customer support any time you need it.

If you’re looking for ways to protect your fleet, contact us today to discuss how our telematics solutions could help.

Traffic Fatalities Are on the Rise: Here’s How to Keep Your Drivers Safe

The industry has been enduring a challenging operating environment the last few years. Accidents and fatalities are the most considerable existential risk to these companies, given the rise in nuclear verdicts.

Let’s take a look at traffic fatality trends and how you can protect your drivers and business.

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Traffic Fatalities on the Rise

An estimated 20,160 people died in motor vehicle crashes in the first half of 2021, according to the NHTSA’s latest data, up 18.4% over 2020. While the new report doesn’t account for truck-involved crashes, earlier estimates from the organization show that fatalities involving large trucks were down in 2020 despite an overall increase in traffic deaths.

Traffic Fatalities Trucking

The mountain west had the most significant increase in fatalities. Source: CCJ Digital

Nevertheless, riskier driving behaviors create an environment that puts truckers companies with commercial fleets at risk. According to the ATRI, the average size of nuclear verdicts against trucking companies skyrocketed nearly 1,000%, from $2.3 million to $22.3 million. And even smaller verdicts have become larger and more frequent.

Start by Hiring Safe Drivers

The best way to keep your fleet safe is to hire safe drivers and ensure they comply with rules and regulations. For example, a driver that starts with a poor record, regularly violates HOS rules, and gets into an accident could lead to a nuclear lawsuit. Meanwhile, a compliant driver with a clean record that gets into an accident is far easier to defend in court.

Start by creating standardized Motor Vehicle Records (MVRs) scores for each applicant and rule out poor performers. In addition, Drive-a-Check (DAC) reports show comments from past employers, while Pre-Employment Screening Programs (PSPs) make it easy to review roadside inspection and FMCSA crash data impacting applicants.

In addition to these minimum standards and best practices, fleets should have their own company-specific standards for years of experience, crash history, and vehicle experience. You may want to work with your insurance provider to define these standards since risky new hires could affect coverage or insurance rates.

Develop Effective Training Programs

Driver training is critical to road safety. Earlier this year, the FMCSA announced new baselines for entry-level truck driver training (ELDT). The new Commercial Drivers License (CDL) curriculum includes both theory and behind-the-wheel training on a range or public road. There are also new registration (TPR) and record-keeping requirements for training programs.

In addition to CDL certifications, companies should provide in-house training programs. These programs should review company-specific rules and regulations, as well as pair new and experienced drivers to verify understanding and answer any questions. In addition, consider ongoing training in specific sub-topics or problem areas.

At the same time, you should diligently document these training programs. That way, if there’s an accident, these records will prove that the company did everything in its power to ensure the driver was competent. If drivers require retraining, you should record the reason and have them sign off.

Identify Problems with Real-Time Data

Real-time information from telematics and dash cameras is quickly moving from nice-to-have to a must-have technology to keep drivers safe. In particular, telematics make it easy to spot unsafe driving behavior before it results in an accident. In addition, the data enables managers to have informed conversations with drivers and measure improvement over time.

Fleets can also use telematics and cameras to develop rewards programs for safe drivers. These programs can foster healthy competition between drivers and encourage safe driving throughout an organization. For instance, you might give away vacation time, gift certificates, or simply offer extra pay for safe drivers when they reach certain milestones.

Finally, telematics can help defend trucking companies if an accident occurs. For example, Powerfleet’s Vista dashcam provides driver- and road-facing cameras to exonerate drivers in the event of an accident and instantly alert them of unsafe conditions. The footage may also be helpful when developing training materials or when retraining drivers.

Benefits Beyond Traffic Safety

The benefits of telematics extend well beyond driver safety, enabling fleets to easily justify investment in new technologies. With a fast payback period and robust return on investment, telematics can improve fleet safety and other operational KPIs.

The other core advantages of telematics include:

  • Improve Driver Efficiency: Powerfleet’s telematics can help avoid unnecessary driving, track engine working hours and idling, and help drivers better manage the way they drive to reduce losses and maximize profitability.
  • Preventative Maintenance: Powerfleet’s vehicle telematics also constantly track working fleet engine hours, enable you to plan ahead for PM’s, avoid costly failures on the road, and extend asset lifespan.
  • Streamlined Customer Service: Powerfleet’s software platform lets you obtain automated arrival and departure notifications from landmarks that you define, and receive reminders to start billing for detention.
  • Ensure Compliance: Powerfleet’s Fleet Management solution records all driver activities to the minute, reducing errors, increasing drive time, and providing up-to-the-minute knowledge of available hours to assign to a job.
  • Complete Visibility: Powerfleet’s tracking solutions provide complete visibility across your fleet, yards, and customer sites. You can do everything from track vehicle conditions to view the cargo status.
  • Maximize Asset Utilization: Powerfleet makes it easy to measure asset utilization to right-size your fleet and ensure the highest possible return on assets. This is especially helpful to maximize revenue during trailer shortages
  • Improve the Efficiency of Business Operations: Powerfleet creates the ability to review  arrival and departure times, travel time to jobs, and stop duration to know if jobs are being completed in a reasonable amount of time, if there are delays, why detours were taken, and if drivers are not being utilized when they have hours available.
  • Eliminate Unauthorized Vehicle Use: With full visibility into assets, Powerfleet makes it easy to find equipment when it is critical.
  • Integrated Asset Tracking Eliminate asset theft and address emergency work orders quicker and more efficiently.
  • Fuel and battery management: Rank the efficiency of drivers and gain real-time alerts that offer positive live-coaching. Powerfleet also extends the range of battery life.

Powerfleet aggregates these metrics on a powerful cloud-based platform, enabling you to quickly access relevant KPIs, and make data-driven decisions.

The Bottom Line

Traffic fatalities were on the rise last year, creating a more dangerous environment for drivers. With the rise of nuclear and small verdicts, companies are more vulnerable than ever to these kinds of accidents. Fortunately, good hiring practices, effective training programs, and telematics can help avoid and mitigate problems.

If you’re interested in adding telematics to your fleet, Powerfleet has decades of experience with a broad portfolio of solutions.

Contact us today to schedule a free consultation and learn more.

The heart of (digital) transformations and Ted Lasso

I’m a big fan of Ted Lasso, mostly for obvious reasons – it’s funny, charming and deals with the ups and downs we all face in a heartfelt, relatable way. One of the things that makes it so compelling is the relationship between team dynamics and performance.


I love teams – building them, leading them, and simply being a part of them. Great teams are like magic, they enhance everything around them. They make everyone better. We have accomplished a lot in our first year at Powerfleet but what I’m most proud of is the team we are building. This global team is the heart of the new Powerfleet.


“You say impossible, but all I hear is I’m Possible.”
– Ted Lasso


If you had a chance to see our Investor Day presentation back in June, you know we titled our transformation project “Powerfleet Reimagined”. We challenged the team to embrace new ways of thinking about our business. The team responded and we have seen tremendous progress in our first year. But we are just getting started. There is so much more to come.


And today, September 19th, marks a new day for Powerfleet where we bring our new direction and strategy to life with an updated brand identity, including a refreshed look and feel, a new website and most importantly, better reflects the direction of our organization. Part of reimagining Powerfleet is our new innovative IoT platform we call Powerfleet Unity.

  • Unity brings dispersed IoT data points together on a single pane of glass through our Data Ingestion Layer.
  • Unity brings all vehicle and asset types onto the same platform for the broadest view you’ve ever had. And that includes supporting your transition to Electric Vehicle fleets.
  • Unity’s Cognitive Data Engine applies Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) to power traditional operational benefits as well as new data applications to solve some of your most intractable challenges, such as:
    • Advanced Fuel Management – Combine third-party pricing and livestream data with AI, gamification, and integrated incentives to improve driver behavior and optimize fuel usage.
    • Safety and Risk Management –  Over the last 10 years, fatal truck crashes have increased 29% and 90% of forklift trucks are involved in an accident over the course of their lifetime. With ongoing labor shortages and supply chains getting more complex, safety has never been more important. Use Unity’s livestream data to enhance driver coaching and performance to reduce accidents on the road and in the warehouse.  In addition, use third-party data to help identify danger spots for your drivers and proactively work around them to further reduce risk.
    • Sustainability, Electric Vehicles, and Optimized Fleet Performance – Advance your green agenda. Unity is ready to support your organization’s transition to electric vehicles (EV) with hundreds of EV data elements to optimize fleet planning, battery range, EV safety, and maintenance.
    • Fleet Compliance and Maintenance – Unity automates compliance workflows and enables your drivers to focus on getting to their destinations safely and on time. Reduce downtime and manage your maintenance operations based on real-world usage and history to ensure you don’t overspend or underspend against budget.
    • Unified Operations – With Unity’s 360 degree view of your powered and non-powered assets, you can better support your customers with automated workflows to boost efficiency and reduce errors while improving utilization, which lowers capital costs and helps ensure you have the right equipment available for the job.
    • Data for All – Share Unity’s real-time data insights across your enterprise and with partners by utilizing our Business Integration Layer to create new integrated and scalable workflows.

Powerfleet Unity brings people, assets and data together on a single intelligent platform to transform the way we do business.


The Human Heart of IoT

But what’s really at the heart of the digital transformation? Or any transformation for that matter? One of the prevailing themes in Ted Lasso is the importance of the team. Great teams play with heart. They collaborate and share openly. They share common goals and each person understands their role to make things happen. They show resilience in the face of adversity. It’s the people at the heart of digital transformation. Undeniably people. That’s why our new tagline is People Powered IoT. We have some of the most innovative IoT technology in the world but we know it takes you and your team of people and our people to make it happen. The knowledge that people bring are at the heart of your IoT transformation and is what we are all about.


Right now, there are over 800 Powerfleet team members around the world hard at work transforming businesses. It’s a team I’m thrilled to lead and one with a bright future. We hope you will join us on our journey and learn more about how People Powered IoT can transform your business at


Steve Towe, CEO

3 Essential Components of a Great Fleet Safety Program

The FMCSA reckons that there are more than 5,000 fatalities and over 100,000 injuries due to truck accidents each year. In addition to the human toll, the average large truck crash costs $91,000 per accident, with fatalities costing around $3.6 million. As a result, fleets must invest in high-quality fleet safety programs to minimize risk.

Most fleets appreciate the importance of hiring safe drivers, developing a robust training program, and adequately maintaining trucks and vehicles. However, the best fleet safety programs go beyond the basics to create a safety culture driven by data and supported with positive reinforcement that keeps everyone happy and motivated.

Let’s look at the three components of a great fleet safety program that go beyond the basics and how you can implement them in your fleet.

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#1. Collect Data on Unsafe Driving Habits

Telematics arms you with the knowledge you need to make data-driven decisions. Tracking unsafe driving habits is one of the most important ways telematics technology improves fleet safety. Using telematics, fleet speeds, acceleration rates, and hard brakes can be monitored. The data can also be used to benchmark driver performance and assign drivers to safety training. For example, you can quickly calculate the number of on-the-road safety incidents over the past month and compare that figure to prior months. These trends can help you determine if overall fleet safety is improving or deteriorating, enabling you to take corrective action.

There are many types of data points to collect:

  • Excessive speeding
  • Harsh braking
  • Sudden acceleration
  • Abrupt cornering
  • Excessive idling
  • Lane departure warnings
  • Collision warnings

The use of telematics also allows you to provide drivers with feedback and coaching in an unbiased and fair manner, so they are aware of what is expected of them and can maximize their performance.

PowerFleet aggregates telematics data, computes relevant KPIs and displays actionable information in a convenient web-based dashboard. In addition, PowerFleet Vista leverages live video feeds and artificial intelligence to provide real-time feedback to drivers, as well as capture and record conditions on the road or when parked if there’s a sudden jolt.

Telematics can also help fleets achieve better operational efficiency through real-time locations, environmental sensors, and other key data points, as well as better safety and compliance through door monitors and integrated ELD systems. As a result, most fleets can improve safety while simultaneously achieving a quick return on investment.

#2. Maintenance

Proper vehicle maintenance is key to safe operation. Monitoring vehicle engine data and maintaining truck engines and trailer parts proactive will minimize the chance of an on-the-road breakdown. A driver spot check should also be a requirement before driving. With modern ELD systems, truckers can not only ensure they’re not in violation of Hours-of-Service guidelines, but they can also ensure proper maintenance and avoid equipment malfunctions. PowerFleet’s ELD, for example, reduces compliance issues for drivers and continuously tracks engine hours. With its maintenance modules, it also plans ahead for PMs and prevents safety incidents on the road. The solution’s Vehicle Inspection Reports enhance fleet safety and prevent and help predict maintenance issues instead of reacting to them. Your maintenance team can even clear and save detailed messages as they clear items.

#3. Trip Optimization

One of the causes of accidents among major motor carriers is driver fatigue. An accident is more likely to happen if your drivers spend a lot of time on the road. Safe driving relies on efficient routing. Routing tools help drivers prepare for safety success passively, whereas scorecards and other reporting tools help drivers improve.

A truck movement analysis is essential, especially for repeat routes and continued deliveries, in order to improve efficiency. In order to avoid accidents-prone areas, alternative routes should be planned, existing routes should be streamlined to create a more direct route, and certain drivers and vehicles need to be prioritized along challenging or confusing routes.

In order to ensure your company is achieving the most efficient routes, you need telematics.

The Bottom Line

Effective fleet safety programs minimize the risk of accidents and fines while simultaneously maximizing performance. In addition to the proper hiring and training practices, you should seek to create a data-driven culture of safety that’s supported with positive reinforcement to keep everyone happy and motivated to improve over time.

If you’re looking to incorporate telematics data into your fleet, PowerFleet provides a broad range of solutions. Browse our products or contact us to learn more.

3 Ways IoT Sensors Could Transform Your Fleet

Telematics are making it easier than ever to monitor, track, and secure trucking assets and cargo across the supply chain. While GPS is the most widely adopted telematics technology, many other sensors provide immense value beyond location. You can track everything from environmental conditions to load status for maximum visibility.

Let’s look at three ways that sensors help keep cargo safe, increase efficiency, and provide visibility.

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#1. Freight Visibility

Visibility is a critical aspect of staying on schedule and providing quality customer service to any transportation and logistics company. Fortunately, IoT sensor technologies offer a full view inside trailers with freight cameras, and cargo and door sensors. These technologies are making it easier to protect cargo, reduce empty miles, and plan routes efficiently.

Freight sensors/cameras can relay real-time information to drivers and dispatchers and provide alerts when things go awry. In addition to temperature, these sensors can also track humidity, defrost cycles, power status, and various other conditions. Using freight cameras can also help reduce idle time by detecting idle assets, their locations, and whether they are empty or loaded. 

This is especially important for refrigerated trailer operations as they must provide accurate proof of temperature information to comply with food and drug safety regulations and avoid costly spoilage claims. 

These technologies allow carriers to provide more than just the right temperature and set themselves apart from competitors.

#2. Just-in-Time Capacity

Several factors, including the massive increase in consumer and industrial demands, have thrown the supply chains out of balance over the last two years. The normal 3.5-day cycle for a chassis to pick up a container and return to the yard has been stretched to 17 days. A clever intermodal operation however can help keep things moving smoothly in such a volatile environment. 

There are many different ways that telematics can help improve asset utilization:

  • Location Tracking: Knowing the real-time location of trucks, trailers, and chassis can help you optimize asset utilization and ensure everyone is taking the most efficient routes with the right trailers and containers.
  • Load Status: Trailer sensors can tell you the real-time load status of every trailer, making it easy to optimize their usage and redistribute them between locations to address capacity issues, as well as automate yard checks.
  • Chassis Tracking and Monitoring: In order to increase container utilization and reduce transit cycle time, chassis tracking and monitoring information about whether a container is on or off and whether a container is loaded or empty are vital. With this information, you can improve tight capacity issues and dwell time.

In addition to greater efficiency, telematics can help avoid mistakes in trailer assignments—a significant concern for drivers. Companies that send drivers to locations they cannot bill experience frequent reassignment and a lot of driver frustration. These frustrations can result in higher driver turnover and exacerbate existing driver shortages.

Powerfleet’s Chassis Monitoring Solutions provide continuous real-time visibility during transit, as well as more accurate arrival and departure information. Additionally, the solution offers next-level intelligence regarding container availability. It detects the displacement of weight to determine if cargo is being loaded in the container. Gaining this intelligence is crucial for creating more velocity in the supply chain while increasing utilization of your existing fleet. 

#3. Third-Party Visibility

Nowadays, customers expect full transparency into the location and status of their shipments. However, tracking containers becomes much more difficult when they leave your fleet vehicles. Intermodal transportation for example has become a vital part of the process as a result of driver and chassis shortages in the supply chain. However, this can also cause a lack of visibility into delivery processes. Carriers can gain a competitive edge by using cloud-based software solutions that provide accurate arrival and departure times and freight status with their customers. This leads to improved customer satisfaction through communication of the latest updates, a reduction of dwell/detention times by letting customers know how long a trailer has sat at the site, and ultimately improving bottom line. 

Powerfleet SaaS platform features open APIs and the ability to integrate with other third-party systems for shared intelligence that provides our customers a competitive advantage.

Choosing the Right Platform

Telematics are a central component of a fleet management system. When choosing the right provider, you should consider more than just the upfront cost. The lowest total cost of ownership and best long-term return on investment depends on several factors, including reliability, ease-of-use, customer support, and more.

Some features to look for include:

  • Ease of Use: An intuitive and easy-to-use business dashboard is essential to get the most value from telematics solutions.
  • Compatibility: If you already use a specific fleet management system, you should ensure new telematics work with it.
  • Durability: Telematics solutions should be able to weather heat, precipitation, and external shocks to maximize uptime.
  • Power: The best telematics use long-term batteries or solar power to deliver insights without interruption.
  • Support: Strong customer support teams are critical to quickly addressing any questions and challenges you might face.

Real Cargo Status Visibility Source: Powerfleet

The Bottom Line

Telematics make it easy to monitor, track, and secure fleet assets. While GPS is the most widely used technology, many other sensors and freight cameras provide insights beyond location. Fleets should embrace these sensors to maximize their quality assurance and minimize disputes from customers or supply chain partners.

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A Positive Response from Analysts Follows Powerfleet’s Investor Day

On June 14, 2022, Powerfleet hosted its first Investor Day. The event featured presentations from the executive team who shared details on Powerfleet’s enhanced vision, growth drivers, go-to-market strategy, software roadmap, and target financial model.


The presentation received a positive response from the analyst community. Below is a summary of what analysts had to say.


ROTH Capital Partners – Rating: Buy

Underappreciated Emerging Data & Analytics Vendor Targeting Profitable Growth

We come away from Powerfleet’s virtual analyst day impressed.

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Canaccord Genuity – Rating: Buy

Analyst Day highlights strong long-term growth opportunities with expanding margins

We attended Powerfleet’s virtual analyst day and were impressed with the new management team and their vision to transform the company into a global SaaS leader with mission critical insights focused on leading industries such as logistics, Industrial, Fleet, and connected car solutions.

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Lake Street Capital Markets – Rating: Buy

Recap From Investor Day; Reiterate Buy Rating

“Yesterday, we attended Powerfleet’s inaugural Investor Day in New York. The Company laid out financial targets, its competitive differentiation within its software platform, data evolution, and potential margin and cost improvements. We think management did a solid job outlining the significant growth opportunity the Company has across numerous markets and applications.”

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Barrington Research – Rating: Market Perform

Key Highlights of PWFL’s Investor Day in New York City

PWFL is making all of the right strategic moves to return to consistent growth and profitability through the development of a SaaS and AI platform with mission critical software to provide increased visibility across supply chains. We are awaiting a turn in the company’s fortunes as the new strategic plan takes hold and begins to generate consistent sales growth with positive adjusted EBITDA generation.

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Powerfleet Investor Day 2022

June 14, 2022, 11:30 AM ET